This past weekend we got to celebrate our sweet little Rapunzel loving daughter’s 7th birthday with a fun Tangled themed “half sleepover” party. Since Disney+ came out, Raley has been hooked on Tangled the Series, which has rekindled her love for Rapunzel. This is actually the second Rapunzel birthday party we’ve thrown for her (the first when she was 3). Rapunzel has been all she can talk about for the past several months, so I’m so happy we could make this little party happen for her in the midst of this crazy pandemic.
Rapunzel Birthday Party
Raley loves being involved in the party planning, and I try to let her have a say in what she wants as much as possible. Of course sometimes her ideas are too out there and we just can’t make it happen (I have the same problem myself sometimes). A while back she had searched “Rapunzel birthday party” on the iPad and found a photo with a Rapunzel backdrop that she just had to have. I was actually very surprised when I found the exact backdrop on Amazon for a decent price. She was so excited!
She also came up with the idea of making our own paper lanterns after watching an episode of “Disney Family Sundays” on Disney+. I thought they seemed simple enough to make, so I got all the supplies and we made these cute little lanterns together one afternoon. She was pretty proud that we made them ourselves! (Tutorial here.)
Raley has been asking and asking to have a “party with the tents like Hadley had at her party” (check out the party my friend Erica threw for her daughter Hadley last year). So I contacted Missy with Southern Sleepovers Alabama a while back and asked if she’d ever done a Rapunzel themed party. She said she hadn’t, but she would be happy to create this theme for her. She was so great to work with and everything she created turned out perfect!
She showed up Friday morning and dropped off:
- 6 tents
- Air mattresses with a blower and sheets
- String lights
- Snack trays
- Tangled themed signs
- Balloons for the floor
- Chalkboard name signs for the tents
- Disco light
Because of COVID, she dropped everything off and I set it all up. (She had sent me pictures previously of her set up, but said I could do it however I wanted.) It took less than 2 hours and it was super easy to put together! It was even quicker to take down before she came to pick everything up on Sunday.
Food and Drinks
For the food table, I hung the backdrop that Raley picked out, and purple curtains from a tension rod in the corner of our living room. I pretty much grabbed any Rapunzel toys that we had around the house and used them as fillers for the table. I wanted to add some dimension to the table, so I made a Rapunzel cupcake tower which turned out so pretty (click here for a tutorial if you want to make your own!). Raley helped paint the house at the top. She has loved getting to help with her party this year!
On the menu:
- Fruit – strawberries, grapes, and apples
- Rice Krispie paint brushes
- Adorable custom sugar cookies made by a friend from church
- Magical Sundrop Flower Punch (my go-to Sundrop punch)
- Popcorn bar
My vision for this party was to do all the fun sleepover activities without the actual sleepover part. I’m not quite ready for that responsibility yet! They were all welcome to come in PJ’s and slippers if they chose to so it would have the feel of a true sleepover. The flow of the party went like this:
- Kids play until everyone arrives
- Eat pizza and other snacks (they were cute all sitting in a circle in the middle of the tents, chatting)
- Play a game – they wrapped each other in yellow streamers (like Rapunzel getting tangled up in her hair)
- Dance party
- Open gifts
- Sing “Happy Birthday” and eat cupcakes
- Grab some popcorn and settle down to watch Tangled in their tents
It turned out, they didn’t much care about watching the movie. They settled down for a few minutes, but they ended up just wanting to play. So we let them play with toys in the playroom until it was time for their parents to pick them up. They all seemed like they had a great time!
A few other party details
I happened across these flowers while in Kroger Friday afternoon, and thought they were perfect! The look just like the magical Sundrop Flower. I decided to put one under a cloche with some greenery on the food table, and it turned out so pretty.
These signs from Southern Sleepovers are the cutest!
For favors I ordered these little Tangled tumblers. The girls filled their cups with punch or water and used them throughout the party and got to take them home.
Raley and Audrey helped with this Rapunzel braid. They helped me get the yarn the right length, and they loved putting the flowers in after I had braided it (for reference if you’re looking to create this yourself, this took about 3 big rolls of yarn).
Raley has been asking for this Rapunzel doll for quite some time. She has not let us forget that she wanted the life size Rapunzel doll for her birthday! Back about a month ago, I finally went to order it and almost panicked because it was out of stock everywhere online. Thankfully, a Target about 30 minutes from our house had one in stock, so I ordered it immediately and picked it up the next day! Close one!
After the party was over, my niece Payton stayed the night. They still had a good bit of energy, so we did some more dancing before settling down, watching the rest of the movie, and going to sleep. Once the movie was over and all three girls settled down in their tents, they were out in about 10 minutes! They loved getting to sleep out in the living room in the tents! This fancy sleepover concept is genius, because what kid wouldn’t want to have a sleepover in something like this? I’ll definitely keep this in mind for when they’re older and actually have friends spend the night (although I have no idea what age that is).
I’m so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate with my little Rapunzel! She had a wonderful time! 🙂
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